Juventus, Reial Madrid and Bayern / FCB

Today FC Barcelona will find out who their opponents will be in the this season’s Champions League semi-finals that will take place at 12.00pm CET in Nyon, Switzerland. Into the hat go the four best teams in Europe, Barça, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid. The Bundesliga champions and the team from Madrid met in the semi-final stage last season. In contrast ‘la Vecchia Signora’ reach this point of the competition for the first time in 12 years. Present at the draw in Nyon will be a Barça party led by the sporting vice president, Jordi Mestre, the man responsible for Institutional Relations with UEFA, Amador Bernabéu and the director of Professional Football, Albert Soler. Furthermore, also present will FC Barcelona’s ambassador for this particular Champions League draw, Ludovic Giuly.

German consistency

Bayern Munich reach the semi-finals for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in five years. In 2010 they knocked out Olympique Lyonnais in the last four before falling to Internazionale in the final. In 2012 they squeezed past Real Madrid on penalties in the semis before losing again the final, this time at home in the Allianz Arena against Chelsea. The following season they reached the final again, knocking out Barça before finally emerging victorious in the competition with a win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Finally, last season they were beaten in the final test before the final with Real Madrid exacting their revenge for the defeat at the hand of the Bavarians two seasons previously.

Italians return to elite

Juventus are back amongst Europe’s elite for the first time since 2003 when they eliminated Real Madrid in the semi-finals before losing to fellow Italians AC Milan on penalties in the final. The best run for ‘la Vecchia Signora’ came between 1995 and 1999 when they reached the last four in four consecutive seasons, winning the competition in 1996. The current Serie A champions are back with a solid squad and will be tough opponents for whoever is drawn against them.

Finally Real Madrid have made it to this stage of the competition for the fourth season in a row. The current holders went out to Barça in 2011, lost to Bayern the following season and then to Borussia Dortmund in 2013. However, last season they made it through to the final where they finally claimed the trophy with a win over Atlético Madrid in the final in Lisbon

More information

- Seven semi-finals in eight years

- The road to the semi-finals

Semi-final dates

The first leg will be played on 5 or 6 May with the second leg the following week on 12 or 13 of May. The final will be played in Berlin on 6 June.

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